Definition of Noh in US English:


(also No, )


  • Traditional Japanese masked drama with dance and song, evolved from Shinto rites.

    Noh dates from the 14th and 15th centuries, and its subject matter is taken mainly from Japan's classical literature. Traditionally the players were all male, with the chorus playing a passive narrative role

    • ‘‘There are other styles of drumming in Japan, such as the Noh or Kabuki theatrical styles, but they demand a more refined ear,’ says troupe spokesman Bob Ward.’
    • ‘Mishima, whom Western countries know more as a novelist, wanted to be a dramatist first and foremost, as a great admirer of the classical tragedy as well as the traditional Japanese Noh play, from which he drew a good part of his inspiration.’
    • ‘This film is heavily influenced by the sparse sets and rigid character archetypes found in Japanese Noh theater.’
    • ‘The Japanese Noh also antedates many developments in contemporary theater, such as no scenery, symbolic use of props and the appearance of non-actors on the stage.’
    • ‘The essence of all these plays is in the absolute starkness, as in Noh drama or Yeats.’
    • ‘The display of Japanese Noh was brilliant in transcending some of the problems of negotiating form, costume, and performance.’
    • ‘What is most surprising in the film is Ono's voice, which not only mimics the whine of a fly in flight but also, according to Munroe, echoes the sound of the flute that punctuates every dramatic fluctuation in traditional Japanese Noh drama.’
    • ‘It is said that Japan today lives with three classical performing arts - Noh, Puppet Theatre and Kabuki.’
    • ‘‘The Cat and the Moon’ is a comedy about two beggars, one blind the other lame, which makes use of the techniques Yeats adapted from the Japanese Noh style of theatre.’
    • ‘He was inspired by Japanese Noh drama in his use of slow, stylized body movements.’
    • ‘For instance, a single production may feature actors from six countries, speaking in as many languages and performing in as many styles, from modern punk to Thai dance and Japanese Noh.’
    • ‘The Japanese tradition of Noh theatre depends on a strong connection between dance and architecture.’
    • ‘The Japanese Noh was a drama of soliloquy and reminiscence, rather than one of conflict, in which the actor's stylized movements and stamping provided a rhythmic accompaniment to his narrative, with subjects taken from myth and legend.’
    • ‘We also have the largest collection of Japanese Noh theater costumes outside of Japan.’
    • ‘The traditional dolls are commonly the personification of assorted Japanese characters, the Noh theater actors and actress, Kabuki players, and women in various activities that mainly reflect their femininity.’
    • ‘In modern Japan, directors like Ninagawa and Suzuki have tapped the energies underlying theatrical traditions of Noh and Kabuki to make Shakespeare texts seem both contemporary and international.’
    • ‘Paul had a lively interest in Japanese culture and was a frequent guest in the Noh and Kabuki theaters.’
    • ‘He has studied Noh and directed several film shorts.’
    • ‘Transfixed, Gilbert observes wool spinning, calligraphic lettering, and sword fighting, as well as performances of music, dance, and Noh drama.’
    • ‘Waley and Pound both undertook their translations of Classical Chinese poetry and Japanese Noh plays during the First World War.’
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